February News

Rain Garden Installation | Climate Resilient Communities and Fresh Approach

Saturday, 2/11 | 10:00am - 1:30pm PT | In-Person

1785 Woodland Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Join us to build a rain garden site, connect with community changemakers, and learn about climate resiliency! This in person event is an SV2 Get Proximate experience with Climate Resilient Communities (our new Grantee Partner) and Fresh Approach.


SV2 Grantmaking & Impact Investing | Our Approach through Case Studies

Thursday, 2/16 | 11:30am - 1:00pm PT | In-Person
350 Twin Dolphin Dr. Suite 103, Redwood City, CA 94065

Join us for a closer look at how SV2 approaches both grantmaking and impact investing. Learn about the values that inform our approach and the rubrics that shape our collective decision-making – and then try them out yourself in a collaborative case study format. This session is geared for newer Partners as well as any Partner who wants a refresher or who has not been involved in these core parts of our engaged philanthropy model. Lunch included.


SV2 Annual Impact Investment Portfolio Review

Wednesday, 3/8 | 11:30am - 1:00pm PT | Zoom

Bring your lunch and join us online for our Annual Portfolio Review of SV2 impact investments. Our impact investing practice has evolved over the last 8 years and we are proud to share the social impact stories and market traction of the 20 companies that sit in our portfolio. You will hear directly from two SV2 Impact Investees — a social enterprise and an impact fund — as well as learn about the recent exits that generated returns and the exciting changes being implemented by the SV2 staff and Impact Investment Committee.



Shannon Wass

Shannon Wass currently serves on the board of Humane Society Silicon Valley and Happy Hollow Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Committee for The Walt Disney Family Museum. She and her husband Dan Kelmenson enjoy playing and watching ice hockey, theatre, traveling and Disney. They share their home with their resident cats and many foster animals.


SV2 Grantee Partner Celebrations, Volunteer Opportunities, and Events

Climate Resilient Communities 

Storm Preparation Tips from CRC


Shop the ICA Marketplace! | By shopping with us, you’re helping the Bay Area small business ecosystem thrive. Shop now.

Puente de la Costa Sur

We are very excited to share this annual report with you! We hope that as you read it, you notice your contributions to Puente, whether time, financial support, or skills, to be a worthwhile and lasting investment in the ongoing work for an inclusive and thriving community.

Redwood City PAL

Family Art Nights - Last Friday of every month | Join an evening full of enrichment through art that is fun for all ages and members of your family. Taught by our professional PAL staff. In-person or virtual events are available. Upcoming PAL Events.

Upward Scholars

Our next English Conversation Club will be February 17 from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. RSVP here so you can join us as we help our students practice speaking English in a safe, virtual, and comfortable environment. Sign up here.

Upward Scholars

Supporting local small businesses started and owned by Upward Scholars students and alumni helps students continue to live out their entrepreneurial dreams! Support a student

New Way Homes

SV2's newest Impact Investee Partner New Way Homes (NWH) is bringing affordable housing to Monterey Bay and Oakland regions with an innovative model that fast-tracks multi-unit permitting on community nonprofit and faith-based land assets. Come meet Sibley Simon, an Emmy-award winning technologist and passionate community advocate, the team, and community partners as they complete their first major project in Oakland at the Genesis Worship Center. The February 10th tour from 9:30-12:30 pm includes breakfast and lunch. Sign up here.


The Social Impact Book Club, led by SV2 Partner Paru Desai, is for current Partners only and meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Join the Book Club on mySV2!

About SV2

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) is a learning community of everyday givers committed to accelerating equity in the Bay Area through grantmaking and impact investing. For over 20 years, SV2 has been a trusted social innovation leader supporting locals to connect, learn, and practice giving in community alongside their peers. 

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Redwood City, CA 94065
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